“I personally believe that science flourishes where there is a real freedom of thought, opinion and minimal ideological interference. Although the autonomy of science remains an open question,” UK based Nobel prize winning biologist Venkatarman “Venki” Ramakrishnan said in an interactive session on “Science and Society” at Bangalore International Centre on Wednesday.
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who represents Kanakapura in the Assembly, had laid foundation stone for the statue at Kapala Betta on Christmas and had even announced a donation of Rs 10 lakh to the organisation that has taken up the installation work.
The combination of Yediyurappa cancelling his Delhi trip and tourism minister CT Ravi stating that the ministry expansion is unlikely before the Delhi Assembly polls (Feb 8) has added to the intrigue. “If what Ravi said is true, then it is totally unreasonable.
DKS, MB Patil strong contenders, but ED case against the former may weigh against them. While Shivakumar has intensified lobbying for the post and met Siddaramaiah to seek his support, the former chief minister’s love for Patil is well known.
The draft, notified by the home department, which regulates exhibition of cinema, proposes mini theatres or mini digital theatres with a seating capacity of 199 seats or below, over a floor area of at least 4,000 sq ft.
PM Narendra Modi was in Tumakuru to release the third instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to beneficiaries from across the country and spoke to thousands of farmers present. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa sought funds to complete pending irrigation projects.
Although the project has been delayed, it is learnt that Karnataka is comparatively ahead in finishing the required formalities to start the work. Officials say that the land acquisition process too is nearing completion and pending settlements will be finished within a month.
As tempers ran high at Belagavi, the border district between Karnataka and Maharashtra, leading to disruption of inter-state bus services, top BJP leaders from the two states engaged in a war of words whipping up emotions and vitiating peace.
One of prominent religious leaders of South India, the 88-year old swamiji was admitted to a hospital at Manipal a few days ago for breathing difficulty and his end came on Sunday morning, they said. The Karnataka government announced a three-day state mourning. The last rites of the seer will be performed at the Vidyapeetha in Bengaluru, founded by him.
BJP leaders see Sreeramulu’s warning to quit the government if the reservation for the community is not hiked from the existing 3% to 7.5%, as a pressure tactic to establish himself as a ST leader in Karnataka, and thus bargain for the deputy chief minister’s post.
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